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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Mar 12, 2010 2:20pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Japanese Copyright Question

Basically prior to the early 70s the Japanese copyright law protected films for a period of life plus 38 years for Japanese films and most foreign films if protected reciprocated their copyright term in the country of origin. in 1972 the law was changed and all existing foreign films and new Japanese films copyright term was changed to flat 50 years. The terms of the law kept existing Japanese films at the life plus 38 rule. However, this has no bearing on their US copyright status. The US does not have "comparison of terms" (ie rule of the shorter term.) Under US law these films are copyright for 95 years (currently) and even if they enter the public domain in their country of origin the remain copyright in the US.